Got an incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by archerobx, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. archerobx

    archerobx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wife got me one for Christmass which was a surprise because she says i spend too much time with them and not enough cleaning, lol.
    My father in law asked what was I going to hatch and I was like wow, it holds 42 eggs, so 42 different breeds. I want one of each, lol. Going to wait till the new toy fever wears off, lol. I so want to start.
     
  2. rarebreedeggs4u

    rarebreedeggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations! There are some great egg assortments available here during hatching season and also on e-bay. If I'm looking to expand my layer flock again in the future, I might have to try that. Mine are usually x# of these and x# of these, no real surprises. Surprises are fun [​IMG]
     
  3. aceschix

    aceschix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got an incubator as well. I know what you are talking about I am soooo excited to start.[​IMG] The problem I am having is trying to decide what direction to go in. There are so many options that I have learned about here. I want pure birds but I do not know what kind as I only have one coup and one run. Have you hatched before? This will be my first time. Thinking of waiting until Feb...that is a very long time!
     
  4. archerobx

    archerobx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never hatched before.
    I only got so much room also.
    I have leghorn hens with a leghorn rooster so I will prob start with there eggs.
    cool we can be hatching buddies, lol
     
  5. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got my bator for Christmas also! I'm getting some BCM eggs in the spring!!! BUT I want to do a hatch before I set the expensive eggs. Now I just need to find 4-6 fertile eggs to give it a go!
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I got my bator early for Christmas and the first chicks should hatch New Years day.

    Congrats.
     
  7. sbarab

    sbarab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also got a bator for Christmas. Don't know what I'll be hatching yet. Maybe some marans.
     
  8. aceschix

    aceschix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like many of us are thinking Marans. I agree with gvntofly05 I will be doing less expensive eggs first as a test.

    I would LOVE a hatching buddy or 10 [​IMG][​IMG]. The only friends are I have who are interested in chickens are right here on BYC.

    archerobx - when are you thinking of giving it a go? I think I need to wait until mid Feb and hope for a warm Spring.
     
  9. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

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    My new Used incubator is plugged in and running. Awaiting a thermometer/hydrometer....to check temps, then I will be testing with my own eggs....
    mine also holds 42, but I think 12 will be a good test....
    my incubator was purchased used, it is about 15 years old....so don't know if it will maintain temps yet....



    Opinions?

    ETA:
    I have never hatched chickens before just button quail & Parrots in Brinsea (auto everything).

    The incubator is a very old LG with fan & Auto Turner. So far I know the fan kicks on & the turner works.
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2009
  10. archerobx

    archerobx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Prob wait till spring before i do a test hatch. Cant see keeping chicks in the garage for that long a time. Wife kill me.

    I dont have any friends other then yall that are into chickens. My father in law raised them 60 years ago but doesnt talk about them and doesnt remember alot.

    I think i may plug it in and make sure it runs and all, hate to get all ready to hatch and it not work.
     

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